One of my favorite movies. Glover's best role. (by terry_jcks)
This is one of my favorite movies. A very menacing storyline if you pay attention. Danny Glover is fully believable in the role of a serial killer, Bob Goodall. His eyes and smile convey an extreme homicidal persona one second, but just friendly and laid back the next. I have never seen any actor portray this kind of character as well as Mr. Glover. One of the most convincing scenes is when he follows the attractive female clerk into the store room of a country store. His demeanor, very understated, reflects a trusted friend until he enters the room and says a few words to her and his facial <more>
expression, still subdued, completely changes in an instant, going from friend to most dangerous. Hard to describe, but his acting was superb as a psychopath and I recommend this movie.
Underrated flick which indeed is an excellent thriller (by scherfcom)
Switchback is really a zig-zag journey with lots of action. Altogether in the beginning there are three persons who could be the potential killer s plus one undefined imaginative possible killer. The atmosphere and locales scenery, etc. are very well selected and the acting by the main characters is pretty good for a film like this. There are a lot of surprises and the ending really ties everything nicely together as this movie has a solid beginning, a well-rounded middle and a breathtaking finale. It's really a well-made movie and perhaps one of the best thrillers in this genre ever <more>
made. The editors also did a fabulous job as did the cinematographer, ... really cool shots and excellent cut. Most viewers will want to see this movie a couple of times or even several times as there's so much detail that most minds won't perceive all the great little details at the first viewing and these details really flesh out the texture of the film. Switchback is well worth watching and it has a good soundtrack too. Too bad it has been overlooked and it's a much underrated movie.
This is really prime stuff! A movie made by MEN for MEN (by wmjahn)
This really neat little B-flick is less than 10 years "old" and already has some cult-following as one of the best thrillers of the 90ies! And deservedly so! I have seen SWITCHBACK in its entirety 3 times by now and parts of it approximately half a dozen times and it's still great, in every matter and department. It actually seems SWITCHBACK gets an airing here in the German speaking parts of Europe every few months by some other channel, that's how popular it is.This is a movie in fact out of sync with its time! In the late 60ies and early 70ies such prime movies came out <more>
at least once a month and you had people like Aldrich, Siegel, Peckinpah the best of the best and a few followers directing such great movies every year or so, but today ...Jeb STUART has done a perfect job and created a movie, which would much better fit in this early 1970ies period with movies such as EMPEROR OF THE NORTH POLE than it fits into the late 90ies. But in the late 90ies, it's a monument of it's own. Certainly the best action movie involving trains since RUNAWAY TRAIN 1985 and an equal to SEVEN, the best thriller of the 1990ies.OK, the story of SWITCHBACK does have it's minor flaws, but then again, the way it has been handled ... wow! DENNIS QUAID is stoically and professional as never before and I do like him as an actor , the sheriff BUCK OLMSTEAD what a name is just wonderful and could have walked out of every Peckinpah movie thanx to Lee Ermey , in short: all the acting is as required, the dialogue is stiff and clever, and the photography ... breathtaking! What a landscape, what an environement! A man, his job taking care of the beloved ones, getting a job done, taking revenge , the killer, the forces of nature, ... combined in a neatly made superbly thrilling movie! I just wish they'd make them this way more often than they do!
throughout this noirish thriller, and it doesn't look easy. Otherwise, the acting is fine and the story is full of interesting twists and details. Watch this film late at night, alone -- it definitely will keep you awake until the very end, when you might sit up and say Huh? No, really, it's a good film.
"A very underrated thriller of the 90's! (by inxsfett)
I remember the first time i see this and become one of my favorites movies of the 90's.I know what your thinking we already see this movie before but the big difference here is the actors,the direction and of course the script.Dennis Quaid,Danny Glover,Jared Leto and R lee Ermey are the powerful cast of this movie.The direction of Jeb Stuart is more than incredible he never leave you to take a breath and give you the enough suspense to keep stuck to the TV for almost 2 hours.The script is clever,intelligent and very very entertainment you never gonna yawn in all movie.I am glad to see <more>
this movie years ago and i always recommended who haven't see it...Like one of the best thrillers of the 90's.
I enjoy an edge of your seat mystery thriller. (by DACSR)
This movie was exactly that. I thought the story, the acting, the scenery and the suspense mystery of it was great! I'm going to make this movie part of my collection. I think Danny Glover was everything I've come to expect in terms of acting and carrying the character He's supposed to be to the fullest. I feel likewise about Dennis Quaid.
Hokey, But Intense Man's Movie (by ccthemovieman-1)
Wow, this is an intense story that should keep you interested for the full two hours. The five main roles are all men and they are pretty interesting, led by Danny Glover's character, who is very, very creepy.I'm hesitant to say much about this film for fear of giving anything away for those who have not seen it. Suffice to say its a rough movie in regards to language, violence and general attitude but the story grabs you quickly and is tough to put down once you are into it.One complaint I read said this film never made it big because it was too convoluted a storyline. In fact, the <more>
story isn't really pieced together until the last few minutes. Well, a lot of films over the years were like that Charlie Chan and Sherlock Holmes mysteries, just to name two and no one complained.The fact that FBI agent Dennis Quaid would figure things out to the exact minute does stretch credibility so don't look for a film that makes a lot of sense: it's simply a very tense thriller that entertains, so it serves its purpose.Lee Ermey, the fanatical drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket, also is fun to watch in here. Jared Leto and Ted Levine also contribute nicely. It's a man's film, for the most part and an effective diversion for two hours.
As a thriller, this had some holes. For starters, Stuart identifies the killer too early at least, I figured it out , so some tension is robbed . The postcard thing never really made any sense to me. And though it's clear who the killer is, his identity raises questions about how Quaid's son is kept without the authorities knowing. But I can forgive a lot of that because we care about the characters. Quaid, Ermey, and Glover, are three of our finest character actors, and they make us interested in their characters. Also, Ted Levine offers fine support, and Jared Leto creates mystery <more>
in his role when there wasn't a whole lot written in.
I liked just about every aspect of this movie. The local police aren't portrayed as a bunch of inbred idiots, the killer isn't portrayed as maniacal and impersonable, and the FBI agent isn't just a suit with all the personality of a tube of toothpaste. All of these combine to make a refreshing murder mystery/thriller. This isn't the classic "who dun it?" type of murder mystery; rather, it is more in the flavor of "Silence of the Lambs", where we discover who the killer is long before the end of the movie, and the suspense comes from anticipating the hero <more>